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TOPIC ALERT Swine Flu (continued) _____________ EXPERT ALERTS 1. Health: Advancements in Cancer Treatment and Technology 2. Health: Child Sleep Health: Misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD 3. Health: Lyme Disease Prevention and Treatment 4. Health: Summer Heat Safety 5. Health: Summer Sleep Health During Vacations 6. Health: Why Screen for Scoliosis? SWINE FLU The World Health Organization has declared a swine flu pandemic -- the first global flu pandemic in 41 years -- as infections climb worldwide. Following are experts who can discuss the topic. Many were included in a Topic Alert we distributed in April, which you may also find online at http://budurl.com/swinefluexperts and http://budurl.com/swinefluexperts2 1. SANDRA GARRETT, assistant professor of industrial engineering at CLEMSON UNIVERSITY says people shouldn't panic about the World Health Organization raising the H1N1 virus to a phase 6 pandemic: "A pandemic is declared based on the global range of spread and not severity of illness, but much of the general public does not understand this distinction. While the estimate of the current spread is high (approximately 33 percent in one reported outbreak), the severity in most cases is still low to moderate. The virus is not evolving faster than other viruses, so it is unlikely there will be significant changes in the overall mortality rate in the near future. Still, we should be preparing for a possible second wave this fall and winter when the U.S. goes through its normal seasonal influenza period and communication to the general public will be key." News Contact: Susan Polowczuk, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-864-656-2063 (6/11/09) 2. Following are experts from the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS who can comment: -- C. ED HSU, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor of public health informatics at the School of Health Information Sciences at Houston and associate director of health informatics at the Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness at the School of Public Health: "Declaring the H1N1 outbreak a pandemic could have an immediate impact on export/import trade and could lead to travel restrictions. Many countries, including the U.S., may need to look at laws including border closure and admission of persons from endemic countries." In Hsu's Preventive Health Informatics and Spatial Analysis laboratory, he is using public health informatics to address critical public health challenges, including global health surveillance and emergency preparedness. Relevant to these topics, Hsu has contributed a dozen peer- review journal articles and a book chapter. Hsu can discuss how public health informatics is being used to prepare for and monitor cases/outbreak of H1N1 flu. Web site: http://www.utsurvey.org/swineflu.html -- DR. HERBERT L. DUPONT, director of medical services and chief of internal medicine at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, and professor of infectious diseases and director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the School of Public Health: "The H1N1 flue has already reached pandemic numbers, but that's not the key issue. The important issues about the H1N1 are what it will do in the Southern Hemisphere now that that area is entering the winter season; the challenges in making a vaccine against the virus that will be here by the fall flu season in the U.S.; and the speed and severity of the H1N1 disease in the U.S. in the fall." DuPont specializes in infectious diseases. He is board certified in internal medicine. With over 30 years of experience in infectious disease and travel medicine, DuPont can speak on the development of H1N1 flu, symptoms that will arise, how to reduce the risk of becoming infected and how to keep yourself safe if you are traveling. DuPont can also comment on Houston's preparedness for a possible outbreak. News Contact: Jessica Michan, email@example.com Phone: +1-832-355-3791 -- RICHARD N. BRADLEY, M.D., chief of the Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine at the Medical School at Houston, can discuss how Americans might be affected: "The raising to the pandemic level is a response to statistics and not to the severity of the infection. For us in the U.S., there is no major significance or effect of the level being raised. It only means that it is spreading across continents." -- CHARLES ERICSSON, M.D., can discuss H1N1 flu and measures to protect yourself during travel: "It's been pandemic all along; nothing is different. Don't panic. The virus is still mild." Ericsson is professor and head of clinical infectious disease at the Medical School at Houston. He also is the director of the Travel Medicine clinic and sees patients at UT Physicians clinics, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital and Memorial Hermann--Texas Medical Center. -- JOHN HERBOLD, DVM, Ph.D., is associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness at the School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus. As a veterinarian, Herbold can discuss the origin of influenza viruses in humans and the role of animals in this recent outbreak. He can also discuss why H1N1 flu is passing from human to human, unlike the bird/avian flu. In addition, Herbold can address the importance of clinicians, veterinarians and public health workers joining together to stabilize and fight this outbreak. -- SUSAN P. FISHER-HOCH, M.D., is a professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus. Fisher-Hoch is one of the world's leading virologists. She is able to discuss any topic related to H1N1 flu. -- BRENT KING, M.D., can provide information about H1N1 flu, hospital plans for responding to this infectious disease and how to best protect children. He is chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the School at Houston, and provides emergency medical care to both children and adults at Memorial Hermann--Texas Medical Center, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. -- RICHARD CASTRIOTTA, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Medical School at Houston, can discuss the flu's leading causes of death, which are respiratory failure and/or pneumonia. Castriotta sees patients at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital and the UT Pulmonary Medicine clinic. -- LUIS Z. OSTROSKY, M.D., can discuss the infectious nature of H1N1 flu and can provide details on what patients can do to reduce their risk of becoming infected or spreading it to others. He is available for interviews in both English and Spanish. Ostrosky is associate professor of medicine and epidemiology in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Medical School at Houston. He also is medical director for epidemiology at Memorial Hermann-- Texas Medical Center. -- ROBERT EMERY, DrPH, vice president of safety, health, environment and risk management at the Health Science Center at Houston, is available to discuss flu prevention, as well as protective equipment for health care professionals. Emery, who has a faculty appointment at the School of Public Health, also can discuss emergency preparedness and business continuity plans in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. -- ELDA RAMIREZ, Ph.D., RN, is available to do interviews in both English and Spanish. She can describe symptoms of H1N1 flu and discuss when it is appropriate to consult a primary care provider or seek medical attention at an emergency room. Ramirez is assistant professor in the Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing and emergency medicine nurse practitioner in the Medical School at Houston. -- GLORIA HERESI, M.D., professor and interim director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the Medical School at Houston, is available for interviews with Spanish-language media. She can discuss prevention and treatment of the H1N1 flu as it relates to children. -- SUSAN PARNELL, RN, a nursing instructor at the Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, is available to discuss infection control and explain how cases of influenza or other outbreaks are investigated. -- VICTOR CARDENAS, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health El Paso Regional Campus. He is able to discuss first-hand experience in influenza A outbreaks in several countries, including Mexico and Colombia. He is fluent in Spanish. -- JOHN HALPHEN, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at the Medical School at Houston, can discuss how flu-like illnesses affect the elderly, including the danger of dehydration, the risk of secondary bacterial infections and potential complications for patients who may be on medications such as diuretics. He coordinates geriatric services at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, part of the Harris County Hospital District. -- GEORGE DELCLOS, M.D. is a professor of occupational medicine at the School of Public Health. He is able to advise on H1N1 flu-related work-life issues such as working from home if you feel ill or what employers should look for in their employees. News Contact: Jade Waddy, Jade.Waddy@uth.tmc.edu Phone: +1-713-500-3030 (4/28/09) 3. MACK LAND, M.D., infectious-disease specialist at UT MEDICAL GROUP, INC., and professor of medicine at the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Health Science Center: "The virus has been a mild illness in the U.S. so far, but has the potential for severe illness in those with chronic diseases. Travelers with chronic illnesses who are going to affected areas should consult their physicians to see if they are candidates for prophylactic antiviral medicine. The most important thing all individuals can do to protect themselves from swine flu and other viral illnesses is to use good hygiene habits." Land was named to the Best Doctors in America list for infectious diseases. He is located in Memphis, Tenn. News Contact: Joy T. Sutherland, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-901-448-6337 or +1-901-277-7050 (4/27/09) 4. MAURICE A. RAMIREZ, DO, BCEM, CNS, CMRO, managing partner at HIGH ALERT, LLC, is the author of the new book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Disaster Preparedness," and serves on expert panels for pandemic preparedness and healthcare surge planning with congressional and cabinet members: "Everything you need to know about preventing a pandemic, you learned in kindergarten: 1) Wash your hands; 2) Cover your mouth (with your elbow) when you sneeze; 3) Keep your hands to yourself (six-foot separations between people helped in SARS); 4) Don't share cups, glasses or silverware; 5) Masks make you feel better, but don't offer much protection." Ramirez is the founding chair of the American Board of Disaster Medicine; National Disaster Life Support instructor; federal medical officer for the Department of Homeland Security NDMS/DMAT-FL3; board certified in emergency and disaster medicine; and a certified medical review officer. He is based in Orlando, Fla. News Contact: Russell Trahan, PRwhiz@prpr.net Phone: +1-407-299-6128 (4/27/09) 5. DR. SREEDHAR POTARAZU, M.D., MBA, has 20 years of industry leadership in the healthcare field. He is the founder and CEO of VITALSPRING TECHNOLOGIES, INC., a privately held enterprise software company focused on providing employers with applications to empower them to become sophisticated purchasers of health care: "The current swine flu scare has some leaders in the medical field wondering if the current administration has the proper medical leadership to guide us through this growing concern. With no current surgeon general or head of HHS, who in our government can speak to the people about this potential pandemic with medical expertise? And, more importantly, there is not a strong enough technological infrastructure to disseminate information quickly and accurately. Anytime there is a jump from animal to human virus, there is cause for alarm. We need to better use the technology at our disposal to disseminate information to the masses. Government agencies need to spread education and awareness, capture data and link to all necessary agencies to track the virus, measure supply and demand of meds and cases, and know how much it will all cost." Potarazu is an acclaimed doctor and entrepreneur who has been recognized as an international visionary in the business of medicine. He has been on the faculty of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He is based in the Maryland/Washington, D.C., metro area. News Contact: Tess Woods, email@example.com Phone: +1-617-202-4129 (4/27/09) 6. DR. ANATOLY BELILOVSKY, director of BELILOVSKY PEDIATRICS, a 365-day practice in Brooklyn, N.Y., is a pediatrician with more than 20 years' experience in child flu diagnosis and treatment. As the chief resident of clinical pediatrics at Brooklyn Hospital and one-time instructor for Cornell, Belilovsky is well adept in child vulnerability to influenza strains and the latest research. He is available to comment on swine flu symptoms, prevention, treatment options, vaccinations and specific cases: "Swine flu spread in schools perhaps because infected children attended school even when sick, due to demanding parental schedules and increase in school pressure (a common tendency these days). A milder-than-usual epidemic of 'regular' flu this year (possibly due to widespread use of flu immunizations) reduced absenteeism, creating favorable conditions for the spread of a strain of flu not included in this season's vaccine. The good news is, as of right now, swine flu does not appear to be significantly more severe, contagious or drug-resistant than garden-variety flu, and the H1N1 component of previous flu vaccines may actually create at least a small immunity against the swine flu. The need to worry about this epidemic is most pressing for chronically ill and/or elderly individuals who are at high risk for complications from any strain of influenza, with the added caveat that the flu shot they received this year may not offer them significant protection." Belilovsky is on call, should swine flu spread to other New York neighborhoods. He is fluent in Russian and proficient in medical Spanish. News Contact: Stephanie Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-212-966-0024 (4/27/09) 7. JONATHAN EPSTEIN, DVM, MPH, associate vice president of WILDLIFE TRUST, is a veterinary epidemiologist working on the frontlines of emerging viral zoonoses in hot zones around the world: "The outbreak of swine flu in Mexico and its rapid dissemination to multiple countries through international travel is similar to the way SARS coronavirus emerged and spread to 26 different countries in a very short amount of time. Mexico is a prime destination for international tourists, and all it takes is a few infected individuals to board a plane and return to their home, and suddenly there are swine flu cases in several states across the U.S., in Canada, and possibly several other countries. This highlights the importance of improving our collective ability to detect and react to new viruses or viral strains circulating in domestic animals and wildlife early, so that we can predict and prevent global pandemics." Epstein's expertise is in understanding the origins of lethal emerging viruses, such as Nipah virus, Ebola and SARS, by studying them in wild animal populations. He examines the connections among wildlife, domestic animals, and humans within the context of their local environments to determine the drivers and risk of spillover, outbreaks and pandemics. Under Wildlife Trust's Conservation Medicine program, he has worked with allied physicians, conservation biologists, and virologists all over the world to study emerging diseases in global hotspots, including China, Malaysia, India, Africa and Bangladesh -- places at risk for zoonotic viral outbreaks. Epstein is located in New York City. News Contact: Anthony M. Ramos, email@example.com Phone: +1-212-380-4469 (4/27/09) 8. PETER DASZAK, Ph.D., disease ecologist and president of WILDLIFE TRUST, can discuss two strategies to deal with the swine flu virus and other emerging viruses: "1) Analyze what causes this and other viruses to emerge: Swine flu has elements of bird, pig and human flu viruses and, therefore, represents a 'zoonotic' disease. 2) Analyze how these diseases spread, and develop ways to predict where they'll go next: We use sophisticated computer models, and data on human travel and trade, to work out where viruses emerge and how they spread." Daszak is located in New York City. News Contact: Anthony M. Ramos, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-212-380-4469 (4/27/09) 9. NANCY CHILDS, Ph.D., professor of food marketing at SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY in Philadelphia, serves on Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell's Food Safety Council. She can discuss the swine flu's anticipated consumer response in the retail environment: "Pandemic flu concerns, as occurred early in the decade with SARS, and mid-decade in Europe and Asia with isolated Avian flu outbreaks in bird populations, generate an uneven impact on commerce. Any potential for further slowdown in global economic activity is a concern. Pandemic reactions potentially create the most disruption with consumers, based on their level of distrust with the perceived safety of their retail shopping environment. Building off the SARS experience in Toronto, best practices are suggested for retailers to pursue in assuring they provide consumers a welcome and safe environment for shopping and food products." News Contact: Carolyn A. Steigleman, email@example.com Phone: +1-610-660-1355 (4/27/09) 10. EDWIN G. FOULKE JR., former OSHA head, co-chairs the Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice at the national labor and employment law firm FISHER & PHILLIPS LLP in Atlanta, where he is a partner: "If the swine flu develops into a pandemic, then all employers will be affected. It is critical that employers immediately take proactive steps to develop a strategic plan of action to ensure that their businesses will continue to operate while, at the same time, avoiding potential legal liability. Part of a proactive plan could include obtaining necessary personal protective equipment, medical assistance, review of personnel policies (sick leave, vacation, short-term disability, etc.) and telecommunicating. In addition, employers should work with their vendors and suppliers to ensure they have an effective pandemic response plan." Foulke can discuss other tips, including providing employees with free or discounted flu shots and tetanus shots; engaging an employee assistance program (EAP) and allowing for loans and hardship withdrawals from 401(k) plans; and forming a 501(c) foundation. News Contact: Kevin Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org (4/27/09) 11. JIM GROGAN, vice president of consulting product development at SUNGARD AVAILABILITY SERVICES, is an expert on pandemic planning and can discuss what this growing swine flu threat means for business organizations and what they can do to plan for a potential pandemic: "The current outbreaks are highlighting the need for organizations to review and update their pandemic plans to address workforce absenteeism. Response plans that consider a significant absence of an organization's workforce should be reviewed. Now is the time for organizations to review any preparedness tests or exercises that have been done recently and address any weaknesses. In the face of the current economic landscape, many companies have restructured their workforce. This has the potential to create weaknesses in existing plans. Additionally, all pandemic response plans should include a monitoring activity, including monitoring recent employee travelers to infected regions in Mexico or border states for any signs of illness or symptoms." Grogan is located in Wayne, Pa. News Contact: Zora Falkowski, email@example.com Phone: +1-617- 897-8247 Web site: http://tinyurl.com/kq8gcg (4/27/09) 12. GISELE NORRIS, national director of new product development and alternative risk transfer for AON HEALTHCARE, AMERICAS, a provider of risk management services: "Disease in the workplace can cause high incidences of absenteeism, stress and productivity loss. Today's highly mobile, interdependent and interconnected business environment provides a myriad of opportunities for the rapid spread of infectious disease. It is critical for businesses to update and expand crisis management and business continuity plans to protect employees, customers, supply chain contacts, stakeholders and business assets." News Contact: Cybil Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-312-755-3537 Cell: +1-847-638-6691 (4/27/09) 13. DR. MICHAEL SILVERMAN, neuroscientist, psychologist and expert on overcoming fear/panic situations, is the co-director, Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE in New York City: "The relationship between anxiety and motivation is well understood. Whereas a small amount of anxiety is motivating, severe anxiety is debilitating. The logical regions of the brain act to regulate the emotional regions. When the logical regions are damaged or have little knowledge to go on, the emotional areas can become over-powered. As a result, panic ensues. The news media is currently ruminating on swine flu pandemic fears. As a result, our cognitive stance (the way we as individuals approach the world) is changing from a generally safe world to one that is much more threatening. Constant media updates, water-cooler talk, etc., combined with a lack of grounded knowledge inhibits our natural ability to habituate to these fears, leaving our emotional brain to run wild. This, in turn, becomes the true danger." Silverman can answer questions such as: What is swine flu? What are the psychological effects of mass groups of people panicking? How will stress levels of those not affected by the swine flu be raised due to all of these reports? What role does the media have on this for perpetuating fear? Silverman researches a variety of health topics, including stress, postpartum depression, anxiety and general depression. He has his own practice, and his clients include high-profile business professionals, celebrities and athletes. He is the author of "Unleash Your Dreams." News Contact: Mark Goldman, email@example.com Phone: +1-516-639-0988 (4/27/09) 14. JIM GRACE, president and CEO of INSUREMYTRIP.COM, the leading online travel insurance comparison site: "If you've already purchased insurance and you have not yet departed, or you're already traveling, call your insurance carrier to understand your options. If you have a trip planned or are considering traveling, and you have not yet purchased travel insurance, be aware that the media coverage of the swine flu outbreak will make it a known event for insurance purposes and, therefore, swine flu-related issues will not be covered." Grace is based in Warwick, Rhode Island. News Contact: Vikki Corliss, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-401-773-9210 (4/27/09) 15. JEAN PATTERSON, Ph.D., chair of the virology and immunology department at the SOUTHWEST FOUNDATION FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH (SFBR) in San Antonio, has studied many highly contagious diseases extensively, including avian flu: "Swine flu is not as pathogenic as avian flu, but, like all flus, it can cause serious illness in certain populations. It needs to be taken seriously. However, there is no reason to panic. At the present time, it is sensitive to Tamiflu, so there are medications available. But I believe it will develop resistance soon. You cannot stay ahead of flu viruses because they mutate so rapidly. You should take precautions, such as wash your hands frequently. If you're sick, stay home. As soon as you suspect symptoms, see a physician, but there is not a whole lot they can do for you other than help you fight off secondary bacterial infections." Patterson oversees the department that has high-containment bioresearch laboratories, including the BSL-4 lab at SFBR, which is part of the Western Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research. She can speak some French. News Contact: Joe Carey, email@example.com Phone: +1-210-258-9437 Web site: http://www.sfbr.org (4/28/09) 16. J. PATRICK BOYLE, president and CEO of the AMERICAN MEAT INSTITUTE: "Although news of influenza infections in people in Mexico, the U.S. and a handful of other countries is unsettling, the fact remains: U.S. pork is safe. Consuming pork has not been associated with human illnesses caused by this virus. Although this particular virus could affect swine, it has not been reported in any pigs in Mexico or the United States. Media reports showing images of pigs are creating a false impression that is generating needless alarm and concern regarding the safety of pork. We are urging U.S. officials to work aggressively with a handful of nations that have ceased imports of U.S. pork to convey the science to secure a full restoration of trade. These trade suspension actions are based on unfounded fear, not on scientific facts." Boyle resides in Washington, D.C. News Contact: Thomas J. Super, TSuper@meatami.com Phone: +1-202-587-4238 (4/28/09) 17. DR. RANI BRIGHT, MBBS, HCLD, assistant professor of pathology, microbiology/immunology and forensic medicine at PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE, is on faculty at the AMERICAN BOARD OF BIOANALYSIS (ABB). She teaches clinical parasitology, microbiology, infectious disease and public health: "Once again, a novel strain of influenza virus (type AH1N1) has become a media star, affecting hundreds of people in several countries and causing 159 deaths in Mexico as of April 27. This prompted the World Health Organization to raise the pandemic alert level to four. This means that there is verified human-to-human transmission of human-animal influenza reassortment virus to cause 'community-level outbreaks.' Fortunately, we have the chance and the tools to watch the virus spreading, before it gets into a full-blown pandemic (level six). Modern scientific knowledge, technology and the communication in the interconnected world with transparency of reporting makes it possible that we might be able to contain this effectively. With simple infection-control measures such as hand washing, cough etiquette and voluntary home quarantine with flu-like symptoms, we can efficiently minimize the transmission and try to stop this pandemic in its tracks." Bright has published several papers on emerging infections and travel medicine. She graduated from Rewa Medical College with a British Commonwealth degree (MBBS) and did her one-year rotating internship at S.S. Medical College, Rewa, M.P., India, and residency in pediatrics at Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Rewa. Bright is a member of ABB, ASM, Global Health Council and the American College of Physicians. She also serves as a consultant to NBOME. Bright is located in Philadelphia and fluent in Hindi. News Contact: Carol Weisl, CarolWe@pcom.edu Phone: +1-215-871-6304 Web site: http://tinyurl.com/dewxvh (4/28/09) 18. X.J. MENG, M.D., Ph.D., professor of molecular virology, Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, VIRGINIA TECH, in Blacksburg, Va.: "There are a number of reasons why people should remain realistic and calm concerning the scope of the problem of the rapidly developing swine flu scare. Mortality from flu is generally not considered very high. But it does look like one of those bugs that has the possibility of leading to a pandemic. The strain of swine virus H1N1 responsible for the emerging epidemic does not normally infect people. Because pigs have receptors for human, avian and pig viruses, they serve as a 'mixing vessel' for new viruses. This particular strain is believed to include components from pig, bird and human viruses that have been combined through a process known as genetic reassortment." Meng is a frequent NIH collaborator and fluent in Chinese. News Contact: Jeff Douglas, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-540-231-7911 Cell: +1-540-449-4656 (4/28/09) 19. JON BARRON, founder of the BASELINE OF HEALTH FOUNDATION, which distributes health newsletters to over 100 countries, is a published author and an expert in nutraceutical research. In his recent blog entry, "Swine Flu: No Pandemic Yet," Barron said: "Many people on the net are advocating taking immune-enhancing supplements in great abundance for protection against the swine flu. This may not be such a great idea. Here is where the avian DNA in the swine flu becomes important. So far, the vast majority of those who have died from swine flu in Mexico are not the very old, the very young, and those with compromised immune systems (the typical victims of the flu). The people who have died have been young adults with strong immune systems. That means that like with avian flu, this strain of swine flu seems to have the ability to turn a person's immune system against itself so that it eats up the victim's lungs in what is known as a cytokine storm. Does that mean that using immune builders is a mistake? No. But it does mean that using immune builders without using pathogen destroyers to take down the viral load very well might be." Barron is based in Los Angeles. News Contact: Bridget McQueen, email@example.com Cell: +1-408-761-0567 Web site: http://www.jonbarron.org/press.php (4/28/09) 20. JEANNE MATTHEW, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of nursing at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER's School of Nursing and Health Studies: "More than 35,000 people die each year from seasonal flu-related causes. The swine flu outbreak is an opportunity to emphasize key prevention measures that hold true for seasonal and swine flu. Preventive efforts include covering your cough, washing your hands frequently, and staying at home when you're sick." Matthew is an immediate past chair of the public-health nursing section of the American Public Health Association. She is able discuss the public health measures that individuals and communities should take to prevent transmission of the disease, as well as the general topic of communicable disease control. News Contact: Tressa Iris Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-202-687-8865 (4/28/09) 21. DR. SANDRA AMASS, professor of veterinary clinical sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine, PURDUE UNIVERSITY: "Influenza virus strains are generally named after the animal they were first isolated from. The H1N1 category of influenza viruses were first isolated from swine in 1930 -- hence the broad category name of 'swine influenza.' Influenza viruses are composed of many different parts, so there are many ifferent types of H1N1 influenza viruses. This new strain of H1N1 has never been seen before. As of right now, it has only been found in people and those people have gotten sick because they contacted other sick people. This new strain of H1N1 has not been detected in pigs. So even though it is being called 'swine influenza,' it has no relationship to pigs right now. It has only been found in people." News Contact: Soumitro Sen, email@example.com Phone: +1-765-496-9711 (4/28/09) 22. FELICE BATLAN, CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW professor who teaches legal history, can discuss legal and historical issues related to quarantine: "Although the United States has not imposed a large-scale quarantine since 1917, the nation and several states have a long and ugly history in connection with quarantines. History has demonstrated that when people are confronted with a potential epidemic, government power can be abused, especially when there are little checks on such power and those subject to quarantine are presented as 'the foreign other.' A few examples of past quarantines should suffice to show how public health officials, even those with the best of intentions, have misused quarantine. In 2006, the White House Homeland Security Council released the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan, which endorsed the use of quarantine and -- in disturbing language -- spoke of how law enforcement personnel and the military might be necessary to maintain quarantines by force. The Obama administration should clearly state its position regarding quarantine and whether it supports the 2006 White House plan." Batlan earned her undergraduate degree in history from Smith College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She later earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from New York University. News Contact: Gwendolyn Osborne, Gosborne@kentlaw.edu Phone: +1-312-906-5251 (4/28/09) 23. BROOKE FISHER LIU, assistant professor, College of Communication at DePAUL UNIVERSITY in Chicago: "Before April 23, most people didn't know what swine flu was. Now, it is one of the most heavily discussed topics by the international media and online through Twitter and other user-generated Internet sites. It is very important for first responders and the media to responsibly manage the information flow by not over-dramatizing the situation and by providing concrete advice about what people can do to keep themselves healthy." Fisher Liu's area of expertise is government public relations and crisis communication. She has taught crisis communication management the last three years and has structured a course around planning for a pandemic. She is also on the marketing communications and advisory committee for the American Red Cross, which is in the process of launching a three-year regional preparedness plan around avian flu. News Contact: Deborah Snow Humiston, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-312-362-8508 (4/28/09) 24. DOROTHEA HOVER-KRAMER, Ed.D., RN, psychotherapist of over 30 years, and author of six books about energy therapies, including "Second Chance at Your Dream": "Flu viruses are opportunistic. While they may be all around us, they will most likely seriously affect the young, the ill or the elderly. Our best chances against a possible pandemic are slowing down, taking time to get plenty of rest, washing hands, avoiding crowded places, and doing mental and emotional affirmations to boost the immune system. I'm very fond of teaching self-care affirmations from energy psychology and using them for myself. I have not had any flu in over 20 years." Hover-Kramer resides in Port Angeles, Wash., and speaks German fluently. Web site: http://www.SecondChanceDream.com (4/28/09) 25. GISELE NORRIS, DrPH, national director of AON HEALTHCARE's Alternative Risk Practice, is available to provide further insight and expound upon human capital and health care issues, business continuity, preventive risk management and recovery strategies: "While a longer-term goal of updating and expanding crisis management and business continuity plans is essential, it is critical for businesses to protect employees, customers, supply chain partners, stakeholders and business assets by taking the immediate following actions: 1) Determine availability of backup suppliers to ensure supply chain is uninterrupted. 2) Look at succession planning for all levels of the organization. 3) Provide employees with protocols for working from home. 4) Inform employees of any travel protocols/restrictions in place." Norris is based in Fairfax, Calif. News Contact: Allyson Marcus, email@example.com Phone: +1-312-755-3592 (4/28/09) 26. MICHAEL CROY, director of business continuity solutions at FORSYTHE, can discuss what businesses can do and have done to prepare themselves for potential health crises and outbreaks: "The most effective plans and responses involve technology, but go far beyond it, looking at the readiness of people and processes to adapt to and meet such challenges." Croy recently published a business continuity planning guide for business executives entitled, "Are We Willing to Take That Risk? 10 Questions Every Executive Should Ask about Business Continuity," which offers practical advice and emphasizes the human element in risk assessment and response. Croy is based in Chicago. News Contact: Allyson Marcus, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-312-755- 3592 (4/28/09) 27. DR. JEFF KARRENBAUER, president of INSIGHT, INC., a leading provider of supply chain planning solutions: "The current swine flu outbreak highlights the need for supply chain resilience. Pandemics like swine flu, natural disasters or terrorist plots are constantly in the news these days. Companies must be prepared for business disruptions by having in place an overall risk management and resilience plan. They must perform rigorous analysis of their supply chain network to uncover its vulnerabilities and manage risk. Supply chain teams need to immediately analyze their supply chain networks for the potential impact this risk may have on their company, customers and trading partners. These issues impact corporate survival and highlight the need for assessing supply chain vulnerability as a factor in business continuity planning." Karrenbauer is based in Manassas, Va. News Contact: Becky Boyd, email@example.com Phone: +1-770-642-2080 Web site: http://www.insight- outsmart.com (4/30/09) 28. STEVE MCCOWN, attorney with LITTLER MENDELSON in Dallas, the nation's largest labor and employment law firm, is an expert on pandemic preparation in the workplace and is available for commentary: "With the increased cases in swine flu across the country, it is imperative for companies to have a pandemic plan in place. Organizations need to accurately communicate with managers and employees about operations, cleaning protocols and evacuation processes, while also implementing prevention and transmission precautions, and ensuring leaves and benefits are consistent and effective. Taking steps now to be sure these processes are in place will help avoid litigation risks and panic within the workplace." News Contact: Audrey Sahl, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-212-219-0321 Web site: http://www.littler.com (4/30/09) 29. VINCENT TRUGLIA, managing director of global economic research at NEWOAK CAPITAL LLC, a New York-based advisory and asset management firm: "Although this year's swine flu (H1N1) outbreak is a cause for concern, it is not likely to lead to anything like the Spanish influenza of 1918-1919. That flu outbreak spread to 28 percent of the American population, causing 10 times more American deaths than World War I itself. The number of dead worldwide exceeded the total number of deaths witnessed during the bubonic plague. It took special conditions and virulence and a lack of knowledge about viruses to cause such a high mortality rate. Since then, we have had numerous worldwide flu pandemics, including the Asian flu (1957) and the Hong Kong flu (1968), both of which caused a minimal effect on the world's economy. To date, outside Mexico, the mortality rate of this flu appears low. Also, as the northern hemisphere approaches summer, influenza usually declines significantly." News Contact: Marisa D'Vari, MDVari@newoakcapital.com (4/30/09) 30. RAPHAEL BEJAR, CEO of AIRSAVINGS, a Paris-based supplier of ancillary services to the airline industry: "The swine flu outbreak is the latest challenge to be endured by the already vulnerable commercial air travel industry. While it is too early to assess the full impact the flu strain might have on airlines or other industrial sectors, we can be certain that if this crisis does reach pandemic status -- already raised to level-five status by the WHO -- economic prospects in the airline and travel sectors will decline further very quickly. If the swine flu crisis expands and more travel restrictions are implemented, large air carriers with long transoceanic routes will be showcased as casualties of the crisis. But before legacy airlines feel the effects, the regional carriers that serve the affected areas will see rapid declines in passengers and revenues. The primary affected region -- Mexico -- is already experiencing an enormous decline in arrivals due to uncertainty arising from the escalation in drug cartel violence. Low-cost carriers are experiencing an immediate drop in demand. If the crisis continues to spread, the pain shared by airlines will also spread in concentric circles from the outbreak's epicenter: first the regional lines and low-cost airlines in the immediate area, then the national carriers, and then the large international legacies. Hopefully, this flu can be contained before lasting economic illness sets in, although current reports state this is unlikely." Bejar is fluent in Spanish and French. News Contact: Vanessa Horwell, email@example.com Phone: +1-305-749-5342, ext. 232 (4/30/09) 31. STEVE ZIRKEL, vice president and general manager of business continuity of VAROLII, a provider of automated communications, can speak in detail about what companies should know about communicating to employees during a pandemic: "Here are six recommendations: 1) Communicate early. Early communication heads off rumors, unproductive speculation and miscommunication, so share contingency plans now. 2) The best communication is two-way. During a pandemic, it's entirely likely up to 40 percent of the workforce will be out of the office. 3) Update employee contact information now. Ask your employees today to either confirm or update their contact information in your company database. 4) Strike the right balance and use the best medium. Too much communication can dilute the important information. Limit your communications to crucial updates and key information. 5) Don't forget your customers. Assure them of your status and what services or products will and will not be available. 6) Plan for the future. If you don't already have contingency plans in place, this is your wake-up call." News Contact: Jessica Kendall, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-206-268-2231 (4/30/09) 32. PETER NASH, Ph.D., chief science officer for MACH ONE CORPORATION, which has a nasal application in the patent application process they feel can combat the Swine Flu (H1N1 virus): "The flu caused by the influenza virus group is one of the most frequently occurring human illnesses and is responsible for substantial morbidity and economic loss. Viral inhibitors in the form of active bovine immunoglobulins are effective antiviral agents in vitro and in vivo. The primary site of attachment for these viruses appears to be in the nasal membrane. They spread from the nasal region into the pharyngeal region and can lead to lower respiratory infection leading to pneumonia and possible death. With the new swine strains being developed on a yearly basis, it is hard for the vaccine producers to keep up. The proposed protocol (nasal spray) could produce the type of product that would allow for delivery to the direct area of the nasal membrane and block initial attachment in the nasal membrane. This gives a mechanical barrier to protect the person until their own immune system can build up protection. This should slow the frequency of the virus in the environment." Nash is located at Mach One's headquarters in Belgium, Wisc. News Contact: Jim Drewitz, email@example.com Phone: +1-830-669-2466 Web site: http://www.machonecorp.com (5/8/09) 33. Following are GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY experts in the areas of epidemiology, public health, health administration, health care ethics and tourism who are available to comment on the recent outbreak of swine flu: -- MAGGIE DANIELS, associate professor of tourism and events management, is an expert on tourism planning and policy, local economic development and economic impact analysis. She can discuss the possible effects of swine flu on tourism: "I think this has the chance to be devastating, and I liken it to the SARS epidemic of 2003. Travelers do not need another excuse to stay at home, and the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries just put out a notice today about the rate of decline, which is the worst since post-9/11. Adding a medical crisis on top of the current global financial debacle will result in huge export losses for businesses reliant on business and personal travel." Daniels has conducted extensive research and fieldwork in the areas of event management, wedding planning, tourism policy and destination promotion as pertaining to local economic development. She partners with agencies in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to assist them with event and tourism implementation and evaluation. Daniels is a prolific researcher and has a combination of more than 50 published papers, book chapters, professional presentations and technical reports to her credit. She is currently working on a series of collaborative studies with the National Park Service regarding the National Mall and Memorial Parks Management Plan. News Contact: Jennifer Edgerly, 703-993-8699, firstname.lastname@example.org -- KATHRYN H. JACOBSEN, assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Services' Department of Global and Community Health, teaches courses in epidemiology and international health, and is an expert on infectious diseases and how diseases spread. Her research seeks to better understand the health effects of economic and infrastructural development using a diverse range of epidemiologic methods, including the development of mathematical models of infectious disease transmission and field research. Jacobsen can speak about the spread of germs and about the specific risks one faces when traveling, using bathrooms, hotels, etc. She has worked with collaborators in Africa and South America designing, conducting, and analyzing program evaluations and studies of infectious disease epidemiology, and is the author of the textbook, "Introduction to Global Health." -- GARY L. KREPS, professor of health communication, chair of the Department of Communication, and director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, is an expert on health and organizational communication, health promotion, multimedia edutainment, multicultural relations, and applied research methods. Kreps served as the founding chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute where he developed national health communication research initiatives to promote cancer prevention and control. Kreps can discuss strategies for communicating information about infectious diseases and pandemics to the public. His published work includes more than 250 scholarly books and articles concerning the applications of communication knowledge in society. -- LISA ECKENWILER, director of health care ethics in the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics and associate professor of philosophy, is an expert on bioethics, health policy ethics, public health ethics, and research ethics. Eckenwiler teaches courses in bioethics, ethics in health policy, ethics and public health, and research ethics. She can discuss the ethical questions that arise when dealing with pandemics and infectious disease outbreaks. Eckenwiler has published widely on research ethics, and also has written on access to AIDS care, policy for pregnant addicts, and the ethical implications of work in biodefense and emergency preparedness. Her book, "The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape" (co-edited with Felicia Cohn), was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2007. Currently, she is writing a book on justice and caregiving in the context of globalization (forthcoming, Johns Hopkins University Press). -- PJ MADDOX, professor and chair in the College of Health and Human Services' Department of Health Administration and Policy, is an expert on health administration and policy, nursing, health management and workforce planning. Maddox is a nurse with a distinguished career in health services research and hospital management. She can discuss the administrative aspects of dealing with infectious diseases and pandemics, and can address the national pandemic flu policy/systems response expectations. She has authored numerous textbook chapters, articles and papers on policy, technology and ethics in health management, applied health services research and health services workforce shortages. Prior to joining the university, Maddox served as deputy director for nursing and service chief at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the Governing Council of the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association. News Contact: Marjorie Musick, email@example.com Phone: +1-703-993-8781 (4/28/09) 34. FARROKH Z. HORMOZI, Ph.D., professor of economics and political science at PACE UNIVERSITY in Pleasantville, N.Y., earned a master's degree in mathematics at Farleigh Dickinson University, where he studied numerical methods, and a master's in economics at the New School for Social Research, focusing on statistical analysis and forecasting, or econometrics. He then studied growth theory at the New School, where he earned his doctorate in economics. Hormozi has extensive experience as a consultant. He developed, researched and implemented market studies, forecasting programs and analysis, as well as productivity measurement techniques and job designs for corporations and institutions, including market research firms, public universities, government transportation departments and leading technology companies. His research interest is in applied economics, specifically, job design, job complexity and productivity. His research has appeared in professional journals, including the Journal of Mathematical Social Sciences, Journal of Human System Management and Journal of Management and Office Information Systems. Hormozi is currently conducting research in the macro foundation of microeconomics. News Contact: Cara Halstead Cea, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-914-773-3312 (4/27/09) 35. ALONSO AGUIRRE, DVM, Ph.D., vice president for conservation medicine at WILDLIFE TRUST, is a Mexican national and U.S. citizen who works on influenza in Mexico and the U.S. He is the veterinarian responsible for coordinating surveillance within the tri-national agreement framework -- i.e., the three countries (Canada, Mexico and the U.S.) that were first to report the new flu. Aguirre is fluent in Spanish and English, and can speak about Wildlife Trust's monitoring efforts of flu strains in Mexico. He is based in New York City. News Contact: Anthony M. Ramos, email@example.com Phone: +1-212-380-4469 (4/27/09) 36. Following are experts from KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY who can comment: -- JUERGEN RICHT, Regents Distinguished Professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, is a veterinary microbiologist who has worked with multiple agents of zoonotic potential, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (also known as mad cow disease), chronic wasting disease, animal flu, borna virus and other emerging diseases. -- RICHARD "DICK" HESSE is the director of diagnostic virology at the university, where he has the opportunity to isolate, identify, and characterize emerging and re-emerging viral disease agents. -- RAYMOND "BOB" ROWLAND is a professor and the director of the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Coordinated Agricultural Project, a $4.8 million U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded initiative to coordinate efforts aimed at dealing with the disease. News Contact: Kristin Hodges, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-785-532-6415 (4/27/09) 37. Following are experts from TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE who can comment: -- DR. BUDDY FARIES, Texas AgriLife Extension Service veterinarian, can discuss signs and symptoms to watch for in hogs. -- DR. JODI STERLE, Texas AgriLife Extension Service swine specialist, can discuss hog operations and hog production. -- DR. TAMMY BECKHAM, director of the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostics Lab, can discuss diagnostic techniques in hogs. -- DR. DAVID ANDERSON, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economist, can discuss pork market information and economics. -- JOSEFA PENA, Texas AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer sciences specialist, can discuss how to protect oneself from pandemic flu. -- JANIE HARRIS, Texas AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer sciences specialist, can discuss how to protect oneself from pandemic flu. A series of online fact sheets on how to be more prepared and possibly prevent pandemic flu from spreading can be accessed at the link listed below. News Contact: Kathleen Phillips, email@example.com Phone: +1-979-845-2872 Web site: http://texashelp.tamu.edu/004-natural/disease-and-epidemic.php (4/27/09) 38. Following are UC DAVIS experts who can comment: -- CHRISTIAN SANDROCK, a physician and an expert in infectious diseases and pulmonary and critical care medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center, can talk about the different types of influenza, how it spreads, what can be done to treat it and prevent its spread, and what the public should do. Sandrock, who also is a deputy health officer for Yolo County, specializes in disaster preparedness, emerging infectious diseases, terrorism and other threats to public health. As medical director of the California Preparedness Education Network, he develops educational materials, primarily for providers in rural, border, inner-city and underserved areas of the state. He was medical director of the Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness Program for the state of California. Currently, as medical adviser to the state Emergency Medical Services Authority, he contributes his expertise to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness Program, and many other Homeland Security projects. He is working with the California Department of Health Services and the Emergency Medical Services Authority in pandemic influenza and other infectious-disease outbreak planning, disease surveillance and hospital infection-control preparedness. -- NICOLE BAUMGARTH, an associate professor and veterinarian at UC Davis' Center for Comparative Medicine, can talk about the different types of influenza viruses, how they spread and how changes in the virus can cause disease epidemics, and about vaccines for influenza. Baumgarth is a cellular immunologist who studies immunity to viruses, particularly influenza viruses, in mice. Her work could lead to novel designs for influenza vaccines. Her research uses infectious-disease models to identify and characterize the basic mechanisms that regulate immune responses. She is particularly interested in a group of cells, known as "B cells," that produce a powerful immune defense response against influenza in mice. -- MARSHA KOOPMAN, the epidemiology/infection control nurse for UC Davis Health System, is available to talk about the spread of swine flu and other communicable diseases. She regularly presents educational topics at local, state, national and international conferences, and publishes articles in professional journals. She regularly serves as an expert witness for occupational exposure to communicable diseases. -- SHARON HIETALA, a professor at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, headquartered at UC Davis, is an expert in clinical immunology and diagnostic techniques for infectious diseases in animals. She can discuss the various strains of influenza and the influenza surveillance, detection and diagnostic programs for animals in California. -- ADELA DE LA TORRE, professor and chair in the Chicana/o Studies Program, can discuss potential social and economic impacts of the swine flu outbreak. An economist, de la Torre is the author of "Sana, Sana: Mexican Americans and Health" and "Moving from the Margins: A Chicana's View of Public Policy." She studies healthcare access and finance issues that affect the Latino community, as well as border health issues. From 1996-2002, de la Torre was director of the Mexican American Studies and Research Center at the University of Arizona, where she developed and directed the Border Academy, a summer institute that explored issues unique to the U.S.-Mexico border. She is fluent in Spanish. Web site: http://chi.ucdavis.edu/adelacv.html -- CATHERINE KUDLICK, UC Davis historian, can talk about how people have responded to epidemics in the past, looking at politics, social interactions, etc. Kudlick says that the very word "epidemic" itself invites people to jump to exaggerated conclusions. At the same time, she believes it is just a matter of time before a new strain of influenza arrives -- such as swine or bird flu -- that will spread very quickly and have important social and political consequences. She wrote "Cholera in Post-Revolutionary Paris: A Cultural History" about how the Europeans responded to a major cholera epidemic in the early 19th century. -- LISA IKEMOTO, a bioethicist and professor of law at UC Davis, can talk about public health law implications of the swine flu outbreak, including the need to balance extreme public health measures, like quarantine or isolation, with individuals' civil rights. -- THOMAS BEAMISH, associate professor of sociology, studies how people perceive and understand risks. He can comment on why some risks seem scarier to us than others, and on the dread that surrounds the current swine flu outbreak. News Contact: Claudia Morain, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-530-752-9841 (4/28/09) 39. DR. FRANK J. BIA, medical director with AMERICARES in Stamford, Conn., is an expert in infectious diseases and is available to comment on the flu, as well as how to treat and prevent the spread of this particular strain. AmeriCares is a leading humanitarian aid organization delivering medicines and medical supplies to people in need around the world and here at home. A shipment of facemasks and medicines recently shipped by AmeriCares is en route to Mexico, and they are preparing to send additional medicines and masks to healthcare partners in Mexico. AmeriCares is also preparing to supply their partners in the U.S. that are impacted by the swine flu. News Contact: Peggy Atherlay, email@example.com Phone: +1-203-658-9626 Web site: http://www.americares.org (4/28/09) 40. PHILIP M. TIERNO JR., Ph.D., director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology at TISCH HOSPITAL, New York University Medical Center, is a well-known microbiologist with more than 35 years of experience in the field of clinical and medical microbiology. He is also a part-time associate professor with the departments of microbiology and pathology at New York University's School of Medicine and School of Dentistry. He is the U.S. representative to the Hygiene Council, an international group of experts working to prevent common and serious illnesses, such as swine flu, through teaching proper hygiene. His work in the field of microbiology has resulted in numerous articles and texts that have been published in both medical and scientific journals and books, nationally and internationally. He is the author of the following books: "The Secret Life of Germs: Observations and Lessons from a Microbe Hunter" (2001/revised 2004), "Protect Yourself Against Bioterrorism" (2002) and "Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Terrorism: Emergency Response and Public Protection" (2003). His broad expertise in the area of environmental and medical microbiology, and microbial ecology has resulted in numerous appearances on TV news, documentaries, and investigative reports. He has appeared on both local and network television shows such as "20/20," "Oprah," "Montel Williams," "Primetime," "Dateline," "Nightline," "The Today Show" and "Good Morning America." News Contact: Lauren Szczerba, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-212-601-8268 (4/28/09) 41. JOSEPH RUBINO, microbiologist, is director for global surface care, R&D and support sciences at RECKITT & COLMAN. Previously, he was senior technical director of home health sciences at Reckitt Benckiser (formerly Reckitt & Colman, Inc.). Rubino joined Reckitt & Colman (formerly L&F Products) in 1987 as group leader of microbiology, advancing to section manager of biological sciences in 1991 and to director of biological sciences in 1995. He was previously with Gibraltar Biological Laboratories as a microbiologist beginning in 1980, followed by an assignment as manager of microbiology, and then advancing to assistant scientific director in 1984. He began his career in 1979 as a biology teacher at Lodi High School. He holds a B.A. in biology from Upsala College, as well as an M.A. in biology from Montclair State College. He is currently working towards his M.P.H in general public health from New York Medical College and is active in several trade and professional associations including the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Consumer Specialties Product Association (CSMA), SDA and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. He served as chairperson for the Anti-Microbial Scientific Committee at CSMA from 1990-1995. He is also a member of the New York Academy of Science. Rubino has co-authored a number of papers on anti-microbial agents, transmission of agents, infectious agents, and infection-control strategies. He has also presented papers on numerous occasions at major scientific and trade organization meetings, including ASM, CPSA, SDA and the Pasteur Institute. News Contact: Lauren Szczerba, email@example.com Phone: +1-212-601-8268 (4/28/09) 42. BRIAN CURRIE, M.D., MPH, is vice president and medical director for research at MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER in New York City and has been responsible for disaster/bioterrorism preparedness for the MMC network for more than 10 years. He is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed an MPH in epidemiology at the Columbia University School of Public Health. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He has authored a number of articles and book chapters related to disaster/bioterrorism preparedness and currently is a member of the NYSDOH Task Force on Life & the Law's Committee for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness. News Contact: Amy Losak, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-646- 935-3917 (4/28/09) 43. NATHAN LITMAN, M.D., is a professor of pediatrics at the ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE and director of pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases at the Children's Hospital at MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER in New York City. Litman has received numerous awards for teaching, including from the pediatric house staff at Montefiore, from the infectious diseases fellows at Monteifore, and from the pediatric staff at Flushing Hospital in Queens, N.Y. He has recently been named a "Master Teacher" by the Department of Pediatrics at Montefiore. Litman is frequently consulted by pediatricians in practice about infectious diseases and gives lectures to medical groups and hospitals throughout the region. He has been named several times in various lists of "Best Doctors in New York." He was a co-author on the initial article describing AIDS in children and the acquisition of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in an urban environment. He has authored chapters in textbooks on sexually transmitted diseases, mumps, actinomycosis, nocardiosis and viral infections. He serves as a reviewer for several medical journals. News Contact: Amy Losak, email@example.com Phone: +1-646-935-3917 (4/28/09) 44. JOAN NICHOLS, Ph.D., associate director of the GALVESTON NATIONAL LABORATORY and associate professor in the departments of internal medicine, and microbiology and immunology at the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS Medical Branch (UTMB), is one of a rarified corps of global researchers who are engaged in research to determine the genetic makeup of the swine influenza virus -- and the biological response to it. Nichols can discuss the science behind the individual's biological response to swine flu -- how people are getting sick once infected and how they are mounting an immune response to it. Nichols is based in Galveston, Texas. News Contact: Lindsay Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-212-220-4444 (4/28/09) 45. OREN J. COHEN, M.D., chief medical and scientific officer for QUINTILES TRANSNATIONAL CORP., a global clinical research organization, and consulting professor of medicine on infectious diseases at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., is available to provide medical insight regarding the ongoing swine flu outbreak, its implications and precautions people can take. In addition to his role at Quintiles, Cohen is board-certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine. Cohen is also a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, a noted speaker, author and expert on infectious diseases. News Contact: Kevin Nash, Kevin.email@example.com Phone: +1-919- 998-2514 (4/28/09) 46. GAR LASALLE, M.D., is chief medical officer of TEAMHEALTH, an organization that provides staffing and management services to almost 300 ERs through its network of thousands of affiliated physicians, nurses and other caregivers. Since 2006, he has spearheaded a nationwide initiative to improve pandemic influenza preparedness. LaSalle and his colleagues can offer insight on questions such as: What have hospitals/ERs been doing to prepare for pandemic flu? Today, how ready are our nation's hospital ERs for a pandemic? How can individuals best prepare themselves and their families for a pandemic situation? Could absenteeism among healthcare workers be a problem? LaSalle is based in Federal Way, Wash. News Contact: Nick Tazik, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-615-297-7766 (4/28/09) 47. DONALD S. BURKE, M.D., dean, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH Graduate School of Public Health, is an infectious-disease and flu expert who can speak to prevention and research related to the current swine flu outbreak. He also is an expert on the swine flu outbreak of 1976. Burke speaks fluent Thai. News Contact: Clare Collins, email@example.com Phone: +1-412-352-2886 Web site: http://www.upmc.com/MediaRelations/Experts/Pages/expertspage.aspx?expertid=40 (4/28/09) 48. DR. GORDON DICKINSON, chief of infectious diseases at the UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI School of Medicine and Miami VA Hospital, can discuss influenza in general, preventive measures, treatment, and what we mean by avian, swine and human flu. News Contact: Omar Montejo, OMontejo@med.miami.edu Phone: +1-305- 243-5654 Cell: +1-305-812-6667 (4/28/09) 49. K.C. RONDELLO, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of emergency management and health services administration in ADELPHI UNIVERSITY's Emergency Management Program, is a disaster epidemiologist for the Disaster Medical Assistance Team NY-2, part of the National Disaster Medical System, which is governed by the Department of Health and Human Services. He can discuss how to limit the impact of the swine flu and the outlook for the immediate future. Rondello can also provide responses to the following questions: What can this type of virus do? What is an epidemic? What does a pandemic response consist of? What should people be doing to prepare? Is it really time to panic? News Contact: Kali Chan, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-516-877-4040 (4/28/09) 50. DR. JAMES R. BAKER JR., M.D., is the founder, CEO and executive chairman of NANOBIO, a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing intranasal vaccines, anti-infective treatments and dermatological products. With more than 25 years of experience in basic biologic research, concentrating in immunology and host defense, Baker is a board-certified internist, allergist and immunologist. He is the Ruth Dow Doan Professor of Medicine and head of allergy and immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School. He can discuss the current outbreak of the swine flu and what can be done in the event of a pandemic. Baker can also discuss the need for antigen-sparing vaccine technologies and the potential for an antigen-free prophylactic vaccine that could be produced in volume quickly. Throughout his extensive career, Baker completed an allergy and clinical immunology fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center; served in the U.S. military for 14 years, 12 of which were active duty during Operation Desert Storm; has testified before Congress on nanotechnology; and has spoken about his research at a number of international meetings, corporations and universities. He has been funded by a series of grants from NIAID, DARPA and the NCI. Baker also chairs the Nanotechnology for Medicine and Biology study section at National Institutes of Health (NIH). Baker is located in Ann Arbor, Mich. News Contact: Laura Coluci, LColuci@schwartz-pr.com Phone: +1-781-684- 6544 (4/28/09) 51. BORO DROPULIC, Ph.D., is president and CSO of LENTIGEN CORP., a company that is developing its rapid-response and exact strain-match influenza VLP vaccine technology, in collaboration with PATH Vaccine Solutions, for pandemic flu. With more than 20 years of experience in academia and the biotech industry, he can discuss: 1) pandemic flu; 2) strain-match influenza; 3) how VLP technology is highly immunogenic and safe; 4) infectious disease; 5) rapid response to emerging strain capability; 6) exact strain match; and 7) robust and continuous production of large quantities of VLP vaccine from human cells. Dropulic: email@example.com Phone: +1-301-527-4234 News Contact: Andrew W. Mielach, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-212-827-0020 Web site: http://www.lentigen.com (4/28/09) 52. MIKE KRALL, chief executive officer, PURE BIOSCIENCE, can comment on the dangers of the swine flu virus, as well as prevention techniques using "green" cleaners for homes and in institutions such as schools and hospitals. Krall is an entrepreneur who has developed a breakthrough EPA-approved disinfectant that kills the swine flu on hard surfaces, using a silver-based non-toxic formula. He is an expert on "green" cleaning technologies, and has a deep understanding of the how dangerous viruses and bacteria thrive and why they pose a global health threat today. He can also discuss practical tips for consumers to navigate the maze of cleaning products on the market today to keep a clean home without being saturated with toxic chemicals. Krall is located in San Diego. News Contact: Michael Gallo, email@example.com or +1-212-239-8594 (4/28/09) 53. DR. VIRGINIA CARDIN, DrPH, senior healthcare consultant at FROST & SULLIVAN in San Antonio, a market research and growth consulting firm, can discuss the range of issues surrounding the dissemination of information on the swine flu development. She can also discuss the relationships that large pharmaceutical companies have in place to address such unexpected public health issues, and also the ethics and responsibility that government must harbor to ensure the health of its citizens. News Contact: Jake Wengroff, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-210-247-3806 (4/28/09) 54. Following are experts from the AMERICAN RED CROSS who are available to comment: -- RICHARD BISSELL, Ph.D., MS, MA, associate professor of emergency health services and graduate program director at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and preparedness sub council chair of the American Red Cross' Advisory Council on First Aid and Safety and Preparedness, is a former paramedic with training in preventive medicine/epidemiology, health services administration, emergency management and international relations. His work has encompassed the intersection of emergencies and public health in more than a dozen countries, numerous states and localities. His research in disaster epidemiology and disaster health services, encompassing more than 20 peer- reviewed articles and book chapters, has been well recognized. He has worked with and consulted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, the German National Committee on Global Change Research, the FEMA Emergency Management Institute, the American Red Cross, and numerous local, state and national governments. -- RICHARD N. BRADLEY, M.D., CPR sub council chair of the American Red Cross' Advisory Council on First Aid and Safety and Preparedness, and associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, is board certified in emergency medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He attended medical school at Georgetown University, completed a residency in emergency medicine at Stanford University and then a fellowship in emergency medical services with the Houston Fire Department. He serves as the medical director for the emergency center at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston. -- DAVID MARKENSON, M.D., FAAP, EMT-P, American Red Cross' Advisory Council on First Aid and Safety and Preparedness chairperson, is chief of pediatric emergency medicine at the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester County Medical Center, and director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at New York Medical College School of Public Health. In additional to his hospital appointments, Markenson is an associate professor of public health at the School of Public Health, and associate professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. He is a board-certified pediatrician with fellowship training in both pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric critical care. Markenson holds a number of clinical and academic appointments and serves on a number of national medical committees. He is the former chair of the NAEMSP Pediatric Committee, has served on the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is a member of the Regional EMS Council of New York City and the Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee of NYC. He resides in New York City. -- THOMAS D. KIRSCH, M.D., MPH, FACEP, is the co-director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an assistant professor and the director of operations for the department of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR). For the past 15 years, he has served as the national physician advisor for the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services and has consulted on disaster-related issues for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Centers for Disease Control and the United States Agency for International Development (Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance). Kirsch is an experienced educator and has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of health issues. He teaches a course, "Public Health Issues in Disasters," at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and is the director of the Johns Hopkins Wilderness Medicine Course. He is an author of 24 scientific articles, dozens of abstracts and four textbook chapters. He is also the second editor of international health textbook "Emergent Field Medicine." He serves on the editorial board for the American Medical Association's journal, "Disaster Medicine and Public Health." He is based in Baltimore. -- RICHARD J. BENJAMIN, MBChB, Ph.D., FRCPath, chief medical officer, American Red Cross (ARC) national headquarters, joined the ARC in 2002 from the joint program in transfusion medicine at Harvard University, where he most recently served as medical director of the adult transfusion service. He received transfusion medicine and pathology training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, before joining the faculty. Benjamin continues to conduct clinical research in transfusion medicine where his work focuses on complications of transfusion and the optimization of a safe and adequate blood supply. This work builds on his research experience in immunology as a Ph.D. student at Cambridge University, England, and post-doctoral research at Stanford University, California. News Contact: Lesly Simmons, email@example.com Phone: +1-202-303-5551 (4/30/09) 55. SEAN TUCKER, Ph.D., is the vice president of research and development, lead scientist and researcher at VAXART INC., a Bay Area-based biotechnology company. Over the weekend of April 25-26, Vaxart acquired the gene sequence for the swine flu virus from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC). Using their proprietary, modular approach to vaccine development, the company hopes to have an oral swine flu vaccine available for animal testing within three to four weeks. Vaxart's technology previously resulted in the first orally administered vaccine to protect against avian flu in a large-animal model. Tucker can comment broadly on the processes and challenges associated with vaccine development, potential counter-measures against swine flu, and Vaxart's ongoing research. News Contact: Michele Parisi, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-925-429-1850 (4/30/09) 56. CAROL FOX, senior director of risk management at CONVERGYS CORPORATION, and immediate past chair of Risk and Insurance Management Society, can address how the development of the swine influenza A (H1N1) pandemic is impacting businesses and how they can prepare. She can describe the first lines of business defense against the threat of a possible outbreak, as well as contingency plans for disaster recovery, with specific strategies for maintaining essential services at the crisis location. She can address how to prevent the interruption of mission-critical services and maintain full functioning through a disaster crisis as swiftly and smoothly as possible. Fox can offer a model in preparedness for pandemics and disasters, which includes incident command team structures, mobilization processes, infrastructure and equipment. Fox has dealt with a range of catastrophes beyond health issues, including the Southeast Asia tsunami of 2003 and severe hurricanes in Florida the last two years. She is the 2009 recipient of the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award, given by the Risk and Insurance Management Society. She is a member of the development committee for Enterprise Risk Management. News Contact: Liana Hawes, email@example.com Phone: +1-212-242-2275 (4/30/09) _____________ EXPERT ALERTS 1. HEALTH: ADVANCEMENTS IN CANCER TREATMENT AND TECHNOLOGY. DR. KATHLEEN TOOMEY, medical director of THE STEEPLECHASE CANCER CENTER at SOMERSET MEDICAL CENTER in Somerville, N.J., one of the first centers in the Northeast to offer RapidArc radiotherapy technology: "Recent advancements in technology and treatment have better armed physicians in the fight against cancer. One of the newest advances, called RadpidArc, is a radiation treatment where the machine revolves around the patient, reducing the time of treatment from 15 minutes to 1-1/2 minutes. Additionally, with new knowledge of cancer prevention techniques, the landscape of the disease now includes a much greater percentage of hope." Toomey can speak to topics regarding the treatment, prevention, and recent medical research of breast, prostate, colorectal and other cancers. She is fluent in Italian. News Contact: Vickie Cullen, Vcullen@randjpr.com Phone: +1-908-722-5757 Web site: http://www.somersetmedicalcenter.com (6/11/09) 2. HEALTH: CHILD SLEEP HEALTH: MISDIAGNOSIS OF ADD/ADHD. DR. YADAV, pediatric sleep specialist at one of the largest licensed sleep labs in the United States, the SOMERSET MEDICAL SLEEP FOR LIFE CENTER in Hillsborough, N.J.: "In recent years, more and more children are being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. However, many parents (and doctors) may not be aware that sleep disorders often exhibit many of the same symptoms as ADD and ADHD. Sleep education and sleep-disorder testing are vital for preventing misdiagnoses and incorrect adolescent medicating." Yadav can provide valuable insight, opinion and analysis on how a simple sleep study can help change a child's life on so many levels -- at school, with friends and at home. News Contact: Vickie Cullen, Vcullen@randjpr.com Phone: +1-908-722-5757 Web site: http://www.sleepforlifeusa.com (6/11/09) 3. HEALTH: LYME DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT. DANIEL HUSSAR, Ph.D., Remington professor of pharmacy at UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES IN PHILADELPHIA, explains that the risk of contracting Lyme disease from bacteria transmitted by ticks heightens in the summer months, as people spend more time outdoors: "Signs of an infection, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, can include an expanding circular rash called erythema migrans at the bite site, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint aches, flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes. Minimizing skin exposure and using tick repellents can help prevent being bitten. If bitten, promptly remove the tick from the skin by pulling it off gently with tweezers. Most cases of Lyme disease can be cured using an oral antibiotic, such as doxycycline. Serious infections may require intravenous therapy, such as ceftriaxone. A small percentage of patients have symptoms, such as muscle and joint pains, arthritis, cognitive defects, sleep disturbance or fatigue, that last months to years, even after treatment with antibiotics." News Contact: Marisa Olson, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-215-596- 8788 (6/11/09) 4. HEALTH: SUMMER HEAT SAFETY. KARIN RICHARDS, MS, ACSM, ACE-CPT/GFI, director of exercise science and wellness management and director of health sciences at UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES IN PHILADELPHIA, warns that high heat and increased activity in the summer causes us to lose more water than usual: "Heat stroke is a potentially fatal condition characterized by very high body temperature, confusion, rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, and no sweating. Stay healthy by exercising before the sun comes up or after it goes down, to avoid exercising mid-day; drinking water throughout the day; avoiding alcohol and caffeine; taking breaks to rest; and monitoring for symptoms of dehydration, such as dark yellow or amber urine, headaches, muscle cramps, rapid heartbeat and fever. Children and the elderly do not have adequate thirst mechanisms and require constant monitoring." News Contact: Marisa Olson, email@example.com Phone: +1-215-596-8788 (6/11/09) 5. HEALTH: SUMMER SLEEP HEALTH DURING VACATIONS. DR. CAROL ASH, sleep expert and medical director of one of the largest licensed sleep labs in the United States, the SOMERSET MEDICAL SLEEP FOR LIFE CENTER in Hillsborough, N.J.: "Jet lag, unfamiliar hotel rooms and changes in daily schedules are all too common aspects of vacationing -- aspects that may cause detrimental effects on sleeping patterns. While vacations are supposed to leave people relaxed and rejuvenated, irregular sleep patterns and lack of sleep can actually lead to irritability and fatigue, ultimately reversing the vacation's initial purpose." Ash can provide advice on how to better maintain quality sleep throughout a vacation, and insight into the most recent medical studies and statistics pertaining to American citizens' sleep. News Contact: Vickie Cullen, Vcullen@randjpr.com Phone: +1-908-722-5757 Web site: http://www.sleepforlifeusa.com (6/11/09) 6. HEALTH: WHY SCREEN FOR SCOLIOSIS? DR. NEEL ANAND, M.D., is a board- certified spine surgeon practicing in Los Angeles: "Scoliosis (from Greek: skoliosis, meaning 'crooked') is painful and disfiguring. If you have school- age children, make sure your doctor or school nurse screens for scoliosis on an annual basis. Scoliosis often appears during rapid growth spurts. We can diagnoses scoliosis with a simple X-ray, and there are new and innovative treatments available. If caught early enough, we can stop, or at least slow down, the advancement of the abnormal spinal curves." Anand can talk about the success of clinical trials, and innovative minimally invasive and motion preservation spine surgical techniques for back pain and spinal deformities like scoliosis. News Contact: Linda Arroz, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1- 818-752-9168 (6/11/09) PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire. 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